Greece will be moving onto the grand final of the 65th annual Eurovision after Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis stunned with her performance of “Last Dance” on Thursday.
Greece was part of the second batch of countries competing for a spot during the semi-finals on Thursday, including Iceland, Poland, Bulgaria, Albania, and Denmark.
After a tough round full of talented acts, Greece will be joined by San Marino, Moldova, Iceland, Serbia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, and Switzerland, in the Eurovision grand final on Saturday.
Greece represented by Stefania at Eurovision
Stefania Liberakakis, known professionally as Stefania, became known in the Netherlands at the tender age of nine, when she participated in the Dutch version of the popular talent show ”The Voice Kids.”
“Last Dance” has Greeks feeling optimistic about the country’s chances in the competition.
forecasts are rather encouraging about the performance of both Greece and Cyprus after their impressive acts in the semi-finals.
The big final is on Saturday, when finalists from the two semi-finals as well as the Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) will compete for first place.
Cyprus also qualified for Eurovision finals
Cyprus qualified for the grand final of Eurovision after an impressive act during the first semi-final of the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on Tuesday.
Elena Tsagkrinou, a 26-year old singer from Greece, represented Cyprus with the song “El Diablo.”
El Diablo has been received exceptionally well by European audiences and Eurovision fans even though it has been quite controversial in Cyprus after being accused of having satanic connotations.
The Cypriot entry made it to the grand final along with 10 other countries (Norway, Israel, Russia, Malta, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Sweden, Belgium and Ukraine).
Eurovision over the years
The Eurovision Song Contest is the most-watched non-sporting event worldwide. It started as a way to promote cooperation between European countries in the years following the Second World War and it has been a well-established European tradition since.
It is organized annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) broadcasts the event annually and is responsible for choosing the country’s entry song.
After a year without Eurovision due to the global pandemic, the so-called “Euro-fans” are back and ready for the greatest European song contest celebrating music across borders.